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[klai-roh; French kle-roh] /klɛəˈroʊ; French klɛˈroʊ/
Alexis Claude
[a-lek-see klohd] /a lɛkˈsi kloʊd/ (Show IPA),
1713–65, French mathematician. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Clairaut calculated its return right within a month (p. 219).

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • The calculation was difficult: Clairaut discovered the means of effecting it.

  • The comet made its predicted nearest approach to the Sun on March 13, 1759, just one month earlier than Clairaut had computed.

    The Science of the Stars E. Walter Maunder
  • Ultimately, Clairaut took into account a whole series of neglected terms, and it came out correct; thus verifying the theory.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • The comet arrived at its perihelion on the thirteenth of March, only twenty-three days from the time assigned by Clairaut.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • After long and persevering labour in this region, Voltaire consulted Clairaut on the progress he had made.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • Clairaut made this memorable communication to the Academy of Sciences on the 14th of November, 1758.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • D'Alembert, Clairaut, and others attacked the problem, but were led to just the same result.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • Clairaut was then only eighteen, and was in the same year made a member of the Acadmie des sciences.

  • The route was always, within the limits of precision of the calculations, that which Clairaut had indicated beforehand.

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